A wait for TRM report
THE stalemate between Douglas Shire Council and The Reef Marina (TRM) continued this week as council sought the help of the State Government.
Mayor Julia Leu wrote to Dr Anthony Lynham, minister for Natural Resources and Mines detailing her concerns for the community if the slipway was not reopened.
The slipway has been “temporarily closed” by TRM for almost two months after a routine inspection by council officers found inadequate disposal of wastewater from the site.
Speaking on the radio Monday morning Mayor Leu said Dr Anthony Lynham, minister for natural resources, had advised her TRM would be in breach of their lease with the State Government if the slipway was not reopened.
“He stated a condition of the special lease is that it must be used as a site for the slipway and boat building, boat repairs and mooring boat services,” she said.
A meeting was held on Monday between councillors, business owners and staff from the Natural Resources and Mines Department to determine the best way forward.
During the meeting an official from the department told council that TRM had given an assurance to provide an engineer’s report by May 30 detailing what works need to be done to meet the conditions of its environmental permit.
“TRM stated publicly weeks ago that the engineer’s report was near completion yet we are still waiting and in the meantime many local businesses are facing serious financial hardship as a consequence,” said Mayor Leu. “We need certainty over the future of the slipway.”
TRM general manager Robert Cruz said they’re “not going to take any environmental risks”.